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3 Basic (Delicious!) Broth Recipes You Can Sip or Turn Into Soup

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Making your own broth sounds daunting, but these basic broth recipes prove it’s not nearly as labor intensive as you might imagine.

That’s because Danielle Capalino, a Nutritious Life Certified registered dietitian wants to make your (healthy) life easy. Capalino is a major advocate for the Low-FODMAP Diet as a cure for many common issues related to digestion. Her last book focused on how to eat to avoid FODMAPs for less bloating and better overall gut health. This follow-up focuses on what to drink for the same results. Healthy Gut, Flat Stomach Drinks contains 75 recipes for smoothies, juices, tonics, and even cocktails (and mocktails). And chapter two is all about “sippable soups and broths.”

Not only are homemade broths good for your gut health thanks to tons of vitamins and minerals, they’re notoriously flavorful and provide warmth and comfort on cold, winter days. Plus, they’re multi-taskers: You can make a big pot and then choose to sip from a steaming mug, make a soup for dinner, or cook your grains (like brown rice or quinoa) in broth for a major flavor boost.

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The best part is that 90 percent of the process involves leaving a pot on the stove to simmer on its own. Everybody’s got time for that. Below, you’ll find three of Capalino’s favorite basic broth recipes from her book, with options for both meat eaters and vegetarians.

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3 Basic Broth Recipes

  • Chicken Bone Broth

    This recipe is for a basic chicken bone broth. You can make it and freeze the extra. Once you have the broth, you can use it in other recipes or sip it on its own. You can also reserve the chicken meat to use for another recipe like chicken salad. Goodbye food waste, hello efficiency.

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  • Afternoon Sipping Broth

    This one’s a bone broth-juice combo. It may sound unusual, but give it a try. You can enjoy it warm or chilled, but I find the consistency is better when served warm. Not only do you get the benefits of the broth, but it adds other health-boosting ingredients like turmeric and apple cider vinegar.

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  • Simple Vegetable Broth

    This recipe makes a mild vegetable broth that you can use as a base for other recipes. In addition to sipping, this would be ideal for cooking low-FODMAP grains, such as rice and quinoa.

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